Mechatronics is a multidisciplinary subject combining mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, telecommunications engineering, control engineering and computer engineering. This makes it applicable to a wide range of growing industries, including automation and robotics, advanced manufacturing, aerospace and transportation systems, instrumentation and process control, and supply chain and logistics equipment.
Clover Park Technical College’s AAS-T Mechatronics degree provides the foundational skills needed to succeed in this exciting field. The program begins with courses that establish a solid base of technical skills and an understanding of modern quality principles. Subsequent courses then build expertise in electrical systems, electronics (analog and digital), programmable logic controllers, mechanical systems, sensors and actuators, pneumatics and hydraulics, and robotics.
Students pursuing an AAS-T degree must complete all college degree requirements prior to graduation. This includes courses that meet the capstone-project, diversity and computer-literacy requirements.
On completion, students will be well-qualified for employment as technicians in any one of the industries listed above.
To enter the program, a student must be eligible to take college-level English and college-level psychology or another social science or humanities course.
This program assumes that students will be able to enroll in, or will have passed, MATH& 141 by the start of the second quarter of the program. Any developmental coursework that a student may be required to take to achieve this may increase the program length and is not reflected in credit counts as shown below. Math sequences to meet this requirement must be planned with your advisor prior to program enrollment.
Students must be at least 17½ years of age at the start of the program.
|Course Number||Class Title||Credits|
|FSME 101||Workshop Safety||3|
|FSME 111||Quality Principles, Inspection and Test||5|
|FSME 112||Fabrication Fundamentals I||5|
|FSME 113||Fabrication Fundamentals II||5|
|MATH& 141||Precalculus I||5|
|PHYS& 114||General Physics I w/Lab||5|
|MEC 115||DC Circuits||5|
|MEC 116||AC Circuits||5|
|MEC 120||Computer Aided Design I||5|
|MEC 121||Computer Aided Design II||5|
|MEC 125||Hydraulics and Pneumatics||5|
|MEC 130||Electric Motors and Drives||5|
|MEC 135||Digital Electronics and Networks||5|
|MEC 140CL||Computer Programming and Logic||5|
|MEC 150||Mechanical Systems||5|
|MEC 160||Programmable Controls I||5|
|MEC 170||Sensors and Actuators||5|
|MEC 290CAP||Mechatronics Capstone Project||5|
|Mechatronics Technical Electives||10|
|ENGL& 101||English Composition I||5|
|PSYC& 100DIV||General Psychology||5|
Covers occupational safety and health for workers in manufacturing and engineering workshop environments.
Provides students with a foundational set of measurement, data analysis, and documentation skills. Teaches students how to interpret manufacturing drawings and schematics, how to take measurements and analyze data, and introduces quality principles and terminology used in industry.
Teaches students the basic workshop skills needed to fabricate parts and structures. Also introduces students to the properties of common materials used in manufacturing and engineering.
Introduces students to more advanced manufacturing and engineering fabrication techniques, including welding, the use of machine tools, composites, and electrical wiring.
Covers linear, quadratic, polynomial, rational, absolute value, exponential, logarithmic, and inverse functions and equations; composite functions, linear and quadratic inequalities, graphs of functions, relations, and inequalities; and graphic transformations. Introduces limits, linear and quadratic curve fitting, and mathematical modeling including exponential growth and decay. Graphing calculator required.
Covers problem-solving concepts in physics including one- and two-dimensional kinematics, force, Newton’s laws of motion, uniform circular motion, universal gravitation, work, energy, linear momentum, rotational motion and angular momentum in an algebra-based approach.
Covers DC electrical terms, equations and theory. Presents techniques used for solving problems involving resistance, voltage, and current in circuits. Presents fundamental laws and relationships applied to the analysis of circuits, including capacitors and/or inductors. Basic circuit fabrication techniques and standard instrumentation used in test and measurement of DC circuits will also be covered.
Covers AC circuit analysis. Network theorems are applied to the solution of AC circuits. Resonance, filters, AC power and three-phase circuits are covered in detail. Introduces standard instrumentation used in testing AC circuits and measurement of AC circuits and systems. Discusses wiring techniques for AC power systems.
Introduces the use of parametric computer-aided design (CAD) software to design parts working from engineering sketches and/or prototypes.
Covers the use of 3D parametric computer-aided Design (CAD) software to create individual parts and mated assemblies working from engineering sketches and/or prototypes.
Provides students with an understanding of design, installation, maintenance and repair techniques for the hydraulic and pneumatic systems used in automated systems.
Gives a broad perspective of DC motors, AC motors (both single and three-phase), and variable speed drives. Industrial applications of variable speed drives for constant torque, constant horsepower, and variable torque/variable horsepower are covered. Stepper Motors and Servo Motors are discussed along with their advantages and applications.
Introduces logic fundamentals, numbering systems, codes, gates, truth tables, basic Boolean theorems and combination logic circuits. Also introduces the elements used to create TCP/IP-based industrial networks, including switches, routers and firewalls. The course will include network troubleshooting and the use of network diagnostic tools.
Introduces computer programming and problem solving. Topics include language syntax, data types, program organization, algorithm design and logic control structures. Also covers program design techniques such as flowcharts and the use of pseudocode.
Develops an understanding of mechanical components used in typical mechatronic systems, such as positioning mechanisms, cranks and sliders, and belts and pulleys. Includes fabrication, test and troubleshooting of prototype devices.
Covers programmable logic controller (PLC) architecture, configuration, and programming. Teaches students what PLCs do and where they are used. Introduces the Relay Ladder Diagram (RLD) programming language. Students will write and test PLC RLD programs and create a PLC system using digital and analog I/O simulators.
Students will develop an understanding of how actuators and sensors are chosen for and used in automated systems. Students will demonstrate understanding by integrating actuators and sensors into prototype equipment.
A required capstone project to be completed prior to graduation as a final check of competency. Students meet in person with an instructor and agree to a project that will apply the skills and competencies that students have acquired in the program, and that will result in a portfolio piece showcasing their abilities. Students must submit, at or before registration, a description and timetable for completion, signed by both the instructor supervising the capstone project and the student. This course is to be taken the final quarter of the program.
|MEC 200||Programmable Controls II||5|
|MEC 210||Metrology and Calibration||5|
|MEC 220||Maintenance Management||5|
|MEC 281||Independent Study I||2-5|
|MEC 282||Independent Study II||2-5|
|MEC 289||Internship/Work Experience||5|
Introduction to expository writing with an emphasis on unified, coherent essays. Learn to generate essays that support a thesis and to use the rhetorical modes of development — narration, description, comparison/contrast, cause and effect, persuasion — appropriately. Recognize writing as a process and use secondary MLA/ APA documentation styles to support critical thinking and writing.
Surveys the knowledge and methods of the discipline of psychology. Presents a broad view of this subject and establishes the foundation for further study of the discipline. Emphasis will be placed on applying psychological knowledge to daily situations, and on accessing and assessing information about behavior from a variety of sources. Skills in scientific reasoning and critical thinking will be developed.